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Spend Some Arabian Nights Eating at Villa Mama

From the deserts and souks of Bahrain to South Kensington, a taste of the Middle East arrives on Elystan Street this month. Bahraini chef and restauranteur Roaya Saleh is transporting Villa Mama from the Saar district of Bahrain and bringing with it the seasonal home-style dishes, flavours and culinary traditions from across the Khaleej, Persia and beyond. With an emphasis on ‘mezzeh’ sharing plates the menu is a whistlestop tour of the GCC countries, those states grouped around Saudi Arabia including Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Yemen. Dishes like Khubus, a Tandoor-cooked flatbread served with meyhawa, a Bahraini speciality of fermented […]

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Dishoom Dishes Up A Stunning New Venue

Bombay is coming to Barkers! The iconic High Street Kensington building is an Art Deco masterpice, and so the natural choice for Indian restauranteurs Dishoom, who will be chanelling all the Art Deco heritage of Bombay into their new location. The restaurant, which will seat 200 and remain open all day brings Dishoom’s unmistakable Irani cafe style to West London. Under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Naveed Nasir the restaurant will serve Dishoom’s familiar Bombay comfort food including favourites like the Bacon Naan Roll for breakfast followed by the all-day menu of small plates, grills, biryanis, salad plates, rolls […]

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Winter Feasting Returns With Pergola Paddington!

Pergola Paddington Central is returning this winter, with London’s premier drinking and dining extravaganza promising to be the season’s tastiest event. After a fantastic summer season, Pergola Paddington has equipped itself to host the crowds as the months get chillier, and is now fully winter-proofed – so you can enjoy the best food London has to offer, without sacrificing any of your extremities to the British winter. Hosting all the best independent eateries from across town, Pergola has transformed itself into an urban winter retreat, where you can while your winter hours away in comfort; the two floors have been […]

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Courtesan Brixton: Dim Sum, Cocktails and Cabaret

What happens when you cross the rituals of ancient China and the its courtesans with the legendary clubs of 1920s Shanghai? Not something you probably think about that much, if at all ever. That said if you were to, the answer would be a dim sum and cocktail bar in Brixton – who’d have thought? Relaunching this September, Courtesan will weave together ancient and vintage feminine aesthetics with a futuristic thread. Neon lights, bright red graphics, jade velvet booths and large silk lanterns will sit alongside Chinese artefacts. Leading you down to the late-night venue will be a geometric neon-lit […]

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Dishoom Dishes Up Immersive Bombay Brilliance

It’s 1949 and we’re in downtown Bombay. The evening is close and the monsoon is raging, welcome to a world of gangsters, underworld intrigue and jazz. Created by Swamp Studios, Night at the Bombay Roxy is a new immersive evening that will see you transported to Bombay Roxy, a café and jazz club housed within a former Art Deco cinema set in Bombay, 1949 – because did you know that after Miami, Bombay remains the biggest the best example of Art Deco architecture in the world? Taking place in the iconic Barkers Building in High Street Kensington (the site of the […]

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Olle: Queue Now For Korean Barbeque

Summer is over, and so too is the barbecue season as we look forward to another nine or ten months without smoke billowing into our faces as we turn chicken into charcoal. OR, you could head down to Olle and do it properly. Olle is a new Korean restaurant coming to Chinatown and it’s an interactive barbeque. Forget eveything you think you know about the art of BBandQing, Olle will bring the finest cuts of meat to your table where communal firepits will offer you the chance to sizzle to perfection in the ideal conditions. The menu includes top-quality Japanese […]

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The Spa of Unconscious Desires

Brace yourself for a spellbinding evening that will have you dropping your preconceptions (and probably your jaw) when you encounter the totally unconventional spa experience that is The Spa of Unconscious Desires. In honour of the London Design Festival, Mondrian Hotel is partnering with design aficionados Bompas & Parr (Bompas & Sparr would have been better but you can’t have it all) to offer guests a selection of micro-treatments centred around bespoke design objects, immersing them in a new interpretation of beauty and relaxation. Not your typical Tuesday night affair, this one will really spa-rk your imagination. Mondrian’s Agua Bathhouse […]

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Healthy Hounds’ Hangout, London’s first doggy drop-in nutrition clinic

Having a ruff day? Feeling like you need to slow down and just take a paws for thought? Spend some quality time with your favourite four-legged friend at healthy restaurant Squirrel, which for National Dog Week is hosting a doggy brunch on 23rd September and a nutritional drop-in service on 28th September. Both events promise to be pawfully good for both you and your dog, with doggy experts and delicious food on offer (don’t worry, you don’t have to eat dog food). Launching the Healthy Hounds’ Hangout, the brunch will feature Squirrel’s healthy breakfast offerings for owners (e.g. Salmon & […]

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What to do This Weekend: 15th – 17th September

It’s our favourite part of the week again, the end. This week we’ll be filling it with beer, burgers, brunch, bulbs, bric-a-brac and margaritas (the alliteration had to stop somewhere), question is, what are you going to be going to?

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Championing New Chefs at Great Guns Social

Lamb lollipops, brioche French toast and caramelise chicken pastilla; the menu is kicking off at new restaurant Great Guns Social. Now while the name may spark off a heated debate in America, the reason this is called Great Guns, is after founder, Laura Gregory’s global content and music video company, Great Guns and just as that company champions up and coming talent, so will this new restaurant. By hosting a roster of exciting chefs, guided by celebrity chef Maria Elia, the menu will always be new and interesting and you have a reason to keep returning. First into the kitchen […]

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Waka up and smell the Nikkei

Waka’s going to be a cracker when it opens on Eastcheap this week. The new grab-and-go brand will bring Nikkei, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, to The City. While the food may have started it’s evolution in Peru in the 1800s as Japanese migrants combined home cooking with local ingredients, the took and feel of Waka is entirely twenty-first century. The menu, prepared daily, will include sea bass ceviche with wasabi leche de tigre, hot chicken teriyaki rice bowls with Peruvian purple potato or try the salmon tiradito with apple and passionfruit sauce. All items are presented in […]

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What to do This Weekend: 8th -10th September

The weekend is here! A weekend of festivals, brunches and boats, celebrate new cultures, try new foods and drink lots of cocktails – it’s only two days so make the most of it.

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